Nacho Zabal, the first Spanish player in the history of Atlético Ottawa

first_imgZabal, who until now had spent his entire career in Spain, signed for a team called to do great things in the newly released – this will be his second season – Canadian First Division. Spanish became the fifth foreign signing of the rojiblanca franchise, who has already signed the English Neufville, the Jamaican Shaw, the Ghanaian Bernardinho and the Mexican ‘Messi’ Acuña and still has two more places for foreign players.“I am very excited for this new adventure, for being part of the Atlético Ottawa family and for having the opportunity to live in such a beautiful country. I hope my experience can help the team succeed“said Nacho Zabal, who will play under Miguel Ángel ‘Mista’. The Logroño goalkeeper joins Ramón Soria (Edmonton), José Galán (Valor) and Víctor Blasco and Jan Pirretas (Pacific) in the Spanish delegation of the Canadian Premier League. Atlético Ottawa, club owned by Atlético de Madrid, announced today the signing of Nacho Zabal, who became the first Spanish footballer in the history of the Canadian club. The 33-year-old goalkeeper from Logroño comes from Calahorra, with whom he has played 14 games this season before suffering an injury to the posterior ligament of his right knee.“Bringing in Nacho demonstrates our club’s commitment to signing high-quality players and to continue our desire to build a competitive team in the Canadian Premier League, “said Fernando López, CEO of Atlético Ottawa.” I am confident that he will become one of the league’s most outstanding goalkeepers due to his experience and talent. ” López completed.last_img read more

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ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgON THIS WEEKENDSPORTSMAX2Saturday7:45 a.m: Man City vs Leicester10 a.m: Liverpool vs Sunderland5 p.m: Stoke vs Everton7 p.m: Swansea vs Crystal PalaceSunday12 a.m: Aston Villa vs Norwich1 a.m: Newcastle vs West Brom8:30 a.m: Bournemouth vs Arsenal11 a.m: Chelsea vs Man Unitedlast_img

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Perpetual, JRU ice Final 4 cast

first_imgScorpion king Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ University of Perpetual Help survived a desperate College of St. Benilde side, 27-25, 25-23, 11-25, 32-30, to clinch a Final Four berth in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Final Four Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jose Rizal University likewise turned back also-ran Lyceum, 25-13, 25-23, 25-11, 25-12, to advance to the Final Four for the first time since returning to the tournament in 2008ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We really wanted to win,” Perpetual Help coach Macky Cariño said in Filipino. “I told my players to treat this game as if it was our last and their willingness to win showed.”The Final Four gets going on Friday with defending champion Arellano, which secured the top spot, clashing with JRU and No. 2 San Beda battling the No. 3 Lady Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Blazers had numerous chances to force a fifth set but went on to blow seven set points.last_img read more

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Robust Tax Collection Scheme Launched

first_imgFinance Minister, Amara Mohammed Konneh at a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, vowed to declare a robust tax collection scheme aimed at revamping the country’s revenue sector. The Minister declaration is made in the face of revenue shortfalls against which the Ministry has launched “stringent technical, administrative and legal measures to recover revenue for the remaining of fiscal year,” (2013/2014.) As part of the measures, Minister Konneh disclosed that the MOF has set up additional revenue mobilization task forces to ensure that the exercise yields the expected result. “We have increased our tax awareness; reorganized our tax administration personnel to ensure the most effective distribution of talent and responsibility to meet our revenue targets going forward.” Additionally, Mr. Konneh said that the MOF has identified and met with “delinquent taxpayers to give them time to settle their tax obligations, and we are at the same time, working with the Ministry of Justice, and the Board of Tax Appeals to prepare litigations (law suits) against those who fail to pay their taxes.” As part of the exercise also, the Minister said these short-term measures are intended to improve revenue collection, with specific emphasis on “spot verification of taxpayers to validate their payments.”Also, there are plans by the MOF to institute a major crackdown on delinquent taxpayers, which include publishing the list of persons, businesses and public institutions with outstanding tax obligations; and initiating legal proceedings against them to recover taxes; enforcement of internal controls at the system level and stronger coordination within the team to mitigate risks, undertaking an anti-smuggling operation.This aspect of the collection scheme, Mr. Konneh said, will take place on the customs side by monitoring of transhipment through the border, and conducting rigorous (thorough) post clearance audits to close revenue leakages resulting from dishonesty among some taxpayers. “With these actions and plans, we expect improvement in the collection of taxes on income, goods and services,” Minister Konneh declared.Budget PerformanceAs of the budget performance (2013/14), Minister Konned noted among other things that there was a lot of work to do, and all cost a lot of money to be made. Development, he said, is a difficult and very expensive undertaking, and therefore, the approved budget for this year amounted to US$582.9m, but was revised downward to US$560.3m, based on assessed revenue risks.However, he said, “some of our projections for the various kinds of revenue were overly ambitious, and were based o the assumption that the good performance of last year would, within each category, continue.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No shame in losing, says embattled PSG coach Emery

first_img0Shares0000Unai Emery refused to discuss his future as PSG coach after the Champions League loss to Real Madrid © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPARIS, France, Mar 7 – Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted there was no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders.“To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real Madrid is not. They deserved to go through. There is no other analysis,” said the Spaniard whose side, shorn of the injured Neymar, lost 2-1 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro scored the goals for Real in the second half, either side of Edinson Cavani’s scrambled effort for the hosts.The defeat condemned PSG — who had Marco Verratti sent off in the second half — to a 5-2 aggregate loss, the second season running in which they have been knocked out in the last 16 after the humiliating loss against Barcelona a year ago.“The objective was the Champions League. Now is not the time to think about the future,” said Emery, who is out of contract at the end of this season.PSG have still not made it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League since Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011 and started to lavish huge sums of money on players.They took their spending spree to a whole new level last year, spending a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to sign Neymar from Barcelona and committing 180 million euros to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Once again they have fallen short, but despite the crushing nature of another premature exit from Europe, Emery believes the Qatar-backed club will eventually go all the way in the Champions League, even if it is without him at the helm.“We all want it to be quick and fast. But I’m convinced PSG can do it,” he said.“It’s sure that we will continue, as much as patience allows, to build a team which can win in the future. When I came here I said I was sure this team can win the Champions League. But it’s a process.“It could be next year or after that. But PSG fans will see in the future, that the team can win it and then win many times.”– ‘Perfect match’ for Madrid –Emery, like midfielder Adrien Rabiot, said that the 3-1 defeat in the first leg had ultimately left his team with too much to do in the return.Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo shake hands after Tuesday’s game in Paris © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONRonaldo was the hero of the tie for Real, once again coming good on the European stage. After his brace in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, his 51st-minute header at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday effectively killed the tie.Madrid march on, still in contention to win the Champions League for the third season running.“We played well right from the beginning, pressing high up the pitch. It was a perfect match. It is not easy to come and win here,” said coach Zinedine Zidane, who had been under pressure just a few weeks ago but has come out of this tie with his position strengthened.The quarter-finals in April await for Real, keeping their season alive given that they are 15 points adrift of leaders Barcelona in La Liga and out of the Copa del Rey.“It is true that we have had difficult moments in the league and the cup, but that’s part of football,” said the Frenchman.“Over the last two years these players have won so much and it is difficult to maintain that level.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sacramento detente

first_imgMore conciliatory talk in Sacramento: First Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to cooperate with legislative Democrats, and now Democrats promise to return the favor. “We want to work hard to improve upon the standard of living in this state,” said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles. “If that means we’re going to work closely with the governor this year to help him get things done and that might help him in his re-election, so be it.” It’s refreshing to hear Democrats and Republicans speak the language of cooperation and civility. And given the nonideological nature of the governor’s current agenda – overhauling state infrastructure – there’s no reason why both sides shouldn’t be able to put aside their usual partisanship in the interest of the public. Still, politics is politics, and this is an election year. We would love for all sides to work together, but we’ll believe it when we see it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurantlast_img read more

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REVEALED: JUSTICE MINISTER AWAITING NEW REPORT ON FERRY ABUSE SCANDAL

first_imgMichael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.FORMER Justice Minister Alan Shatter had asked for a new report into the Micheal Ferry abuse scandal before he left office, Donegal Daily has learned.New Minister Frances Fitzgerald will review the report when she gets it, her spokesman has confirmed. It has led to hopes among Ferry’s victims that they may finally found out more about the scandal.The Minister confirmed to Deputy Pearse Doherty that Mr Shatter had asked for a report on the case just weeks ago following a decision by Minister Fitzgerald – then as Children’s Minister – to release the contents of a damning HSE review of the case to the victims and their families.Michael Ferry is serving 14 years in prison for abusing young boys in the grounds of a school building where he worked as caretaker.Ferry was paid by Colaiste Cholmcille for his work at the former Ardscoil Mhuire building in Gaoth Dobhair right up until 2010 – nine years after Ferry pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy in the grounds of the school.His continued work there horrified the nation when Ferry was convicted again two years ago of abusing more boys, some of them after his 2002 conviction.At the time Minister Shatter described the affair as “outrageous” and ordered a Garda investigation as well as a separate ministerial report.Deputy Doherty told Donegal Daily that Deputy Shatter had assured him before his resignation that he was looking again at the affair.“To be fair to him, he did promise to ask for a report from his officials at the Department of Justice,” said Deputy Doherty.“Minister Fitzgerald has confirmed this to me and she is now awaiting that report. She said a decision on its publication or release to victims would be taken once she has seen it. Obviously I believe that like the HSE report, this new report should be given to victims.”The minister’s spokesman said: “A further report had been sought from the Garda authorities by the Minister’s predecessor on any issues arising from the case, following the decision not to prosecute, and this material will be considered by Minister Fitzgerald upon its receipt. It is not possible to make any further comment pending that.”REVEALED: JUSTICE MINISTER AWAITING NEW REPORT ON FERRY ABUSE SCANDAL was last modified: May 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abuse scandalArdscoil MhuireGaoth DobhairMichael Ferrylast_img read more

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GAA: MIXED FORTUNES FOR MINORS AS HURLERS WIN BUT FOOTBALLERS LOSE

first_imgTHERE were mixed fortunes for Donegal’s stars of the future against Monaghan today.The county’s Minor hurlers completed a great victory – but the county’s Minor footballers lost out by a single goal in the Minor League final.In the Minor football, Donegal went in at the break just a point behind – 0-06 to 0-05. But a second half goal from Monaghan’s Adam Traynor at Brewster Park would, in the end, prove the difference – Donegal losing 1-10 to 0-10.The Minor Hurlers meanwhile saw off Monaghan by 2-08 to 0-05 yesterday. GAA: MIXED FORTUNES FOR MINORS AS HURLERS WIN BUT FOOTBALLERS LOSE was last modified: April 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: MIXED FORTUNES FOR MINORS AS HURLERS WIN BUT FOOTBALLERS LOSElast_img read more

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FAN PICKS UP HOTEL BILL FOR DONEGAL TEAM AFTER COUNTY BOARD SAID IT ‘COULDN’T AFFORD IT’

first_imgAn English-based Donegal fan picked up the tab for an overnight stay by the Donegal squad and management in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Saturday night –  after the county board said it couldn’t afford to do so.Donegal chairman PJ McGowan confirmed today that an ex-pat had paid for the pre-match accommodation but insisted that it had not caused a rift between the board and team management.Donegal’s team management had asked to stay at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, for the semi-final because players had complained of fatigue when they had travelled to Kingspan Breffni Park to play Cavan in their previous match. The request for that initial stay in the luxury 5-star hotel was granted by the board, but when it was made again prior to the Ulster final clash with Derry the Board said ‘no’.“Financially we just wouldn’t be able to meet the request, but at that point someone else stepped in,” Mr McGowan tells today’s Irish Independent. “There is no rift, there is nothing like that over it. Everyone is just happy that we are Ulster champions after 19 years again.“We were happy to fund the initial stay in the Slieve Russell, which is a qualityhotel, and were happy to give this team as much as we can so that no stone is unturned.” FAN PICKS UP HOTEL BILL FOR DONEGAL TEAM AFTER COUNTY BOARD SAID IT ‘COULDN’T AFFORD IT’ was last modified: July 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegal GAASLIEVE RUSSELL HOTELlast_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN HOPING FOR A ‘LOTTIE’ SUCCESS WITH NEW TOY DOLL BRAND

first_imgA Ballybofey businessman has invented a range of girl’s dolls that is set to go head-to-head with doll giants Barbie, Bratz and Monster High.Ian Harkin hit the headlines last year when his Arklu toy company launched a range of Royal Wedding Dolls.Now Ian is hoping that his new ‘Lottie’ doll will become an even bigger global hit. The company has spent the past year on research and development to create a refreshingly different and innovative fashion doll.Their designs previewed at the London Toy Fair to overwhelmingly positive retailer feedback and the company are now bringing their new creation to market in time for Christmas 2012. Taking their learnings from this, Arklu has applied their quintessentially British approach in to a new doll brand.Designed for girls aged 3 – 8, Lottie™ has been developed with scientific expertise from leading academics, alongside consumer research, to address parental concerns about other fashion dolls including negative body image, an increased perception of premature sexualisation as well as a desire for a return to good old-fashioned creative and imaginative play.Unlike other fashion dolls, there is no pushing the envelope with adult agendas such as scanty clothes, high heels, jewellery, tattoos or makeup; these are girl dolls intended for girls (…and even their brothers too). Most of all, Lottie is super cute and rather lovely. Lottie’s body is ‘childlike’ – as you might expect as she is aged nine; her dimensions (with the exception of her head) are based upon those devised by leading academics, Professor David McCarthy (Professor of Nutrition and Health at the Institute for Health Research & Policy, London Metropolitan University) and Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE (formerly Science Director of the British Nutrition Foundation).Her distinctive height of 7” (18cm) sets her apart from other fashion dolls; she’s super cute and easy to pack and carry around.Super cute, fun details such as detachable velcro patches on the clothing make for added appeal and “swapability”. Accessory packs include a picnic set, dressable Biscuit the Beagle dog as well as detachable velcro pony race winner rosettes. A background story is included on each doll box to encourage imaginative roleplay.  DONEGAL MAN HOPING FOR A ‘LOTTIE’ SUCCESS WITH NEW TOY DOLL BRAND was last modified: August 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArkdollsIan Harkinlast_img read more

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